FDP’s Koch-Mehrin stripped of her doctorate

FDP’s Koch-Mehrin stripped of her doctorate

Silvana Koch-Mehrin, once a leading members of the Free Democrats (FDP), on Wednesday became the latest public figure in Germany to be stripped of her doctorate for plagiarism after the country's defence minister was forced to quit earlier this year.

The unhealthy cult of ageing

The unhealthy cult of ageing

Are there limits to age and experience? When is it time to call it quits? Roger Boyes, Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, explores Germany’s unhealthy age fetish.

Westerwelle attacks plan for Danish border checks

Westerwelle attacks plan for Danish border checks

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle underlined Wednesday Berlin's objections to Danish plans for permanent customs checks at their internal EU border, after talks with his Danish counterpart.

Bust TelDaFax to keep power flowing as customers fret

Bust TelDaFax to keep power flowing as customers fret

The insolvency administrator for low-cost power provider TelDaFax is seeking to calm fears from customers that their electricity will be immediately cut off. But prepaid customers may end up losing money.

Report slams doctors for prescribing habits

Report slams doctors for prescribing habits

German doctors are prescribing too many addictive sleeping pills to alcoholics, too many strong tranquilizers to dementia patients and too many contraceptive pills with higher risks than others, according to a damning report released on Wednesday.

Court cannot ban woman with fake driving license

Court cannot ban woman with fake driving license

A woman who admitted she never passed a driving test but bought a fake Filipino driving license has been told by a court she can continue driving on German roads.

High school proms threatened after party firm collapses

High school proms threatened after party firm collapses

Berlin police are investigating the apparent collapse of a company organizing high school proms whose managers have disappeared – along with tens of thousands of euros paid up front for graduation balls and holidays.

Beginner drivers to take extra ‘feedback’ test after passing exam

Beginner drivers to take extra ‘feedback’ test after passing exam

Beginning drivers will have to undertake a "feedback" session with a driving instructor after they get their licenses, according to plans set to be incorporated into a German traffic safety bill, the Saarbrücker Zeitung reported.

Astronomy fans await total lunar eclipse

Astronomy fans await total lunar eclipse

There will be a total lunar eclipse on Wednesday night, with fabulous views of the Moon reddening, disappearing and then reappearing expected across Germany.

Salad growers to get half their losses in aid

Salad growers to get half their losses in aid

German vegetable growers who have seen their businesses badly hit by the EHEC E.coli outbreak as people avoid cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce, have been told they will get half of what they have lost in governmental aid.

Bonn to Berlin move still controversial

Bonn to Berlin move still controversial

Two decades after the German parliament decided to move the government from the Cold War capital of Bonn back to Berlin, some politicians still disagree over whether all functions should be brought from the state of North-Rhine Westphalia.

Finding quirky camping options for the summer holidays

Finding quirky camping options for the summer holidays

Urban camping in Berlin, haystack beds in Bavaria and giant tree forts in Saxony – Ruby Russell discovers quirky alternatives for your summer holiday.